Multiplex PCR for the Detection of Mycoplasma fermentans, M. hominism, and M. penetrans in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gulf War Syndrome. Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MT and Al Robert Franco From: Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (The Haworth Medical Press, an imprint of the Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 5, No. 3/4, 1999, pp. 187-197 [The following information is abbreviated from content on the website for The Arithritis Center of Riverside, CA.] "It has been well documented that people who suffer from fibromyalgia exhibit many of the same symptoms found in CFS (6,7). These two illnesses are so similar that for years many medical practitioners have considered them as the same condition. They are still regarded as closely associated in the scientific literature with only the exception of a few distinction criteria. Other research has stated the uncanny similarities between chronic fatigue syndrome and gulf war syndrome (8). Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis also exhibit certain symptoms characteristic to each illness (9). Although RA exhibits a narrower spectrum of clinical symptoms than CFS, FMS, and GWS, it does exhibit a significant overlap of symptoms found in each condition. The fact that these four illnesses have such a high degree of similarities led us to investigate the possibility that mycoplasma infection may be a common link to each condition. A successful clinical practice greatly depends on rapid and reliable detection techniques. Mycoplasma detection by culture is laborious and may take as long as five weeks to generate results that even then may be inconclusive or inaccurate due to the fastidious nature of mycoplasmas (10-12)." <b>How many have been screened for mycoplasma infection?</b> My sister has undergone testing and has found that she has mycoplasma infection. This has caused many of her symptoms, and she is now under antibiotic treatment by a naturopath. She lives in OR. Her naturopath sent the lab to The Arthritis Research Center Inc. - http://www.tarci.net/ Think I'll take some of the info I've found to my rheumy and see if he'll test me for mycoplasm infection. Hope he's open to it!